Since I don’t get to the cinema to see new releases that often anymore, this is my new weekly feature reviewing the latest releases on Sky Cinema Premiere (and in turn, Now TV). I will write a short review and rating for each of the films that I have watched and then give you the details for the ones that I didn’t get a chance to see.
Sky Cinema Premiere add a new film onto their channel every single day. This week’s feature sees the release of Anything, L’Amant Double, Fever, Electric Love, Life of the Party, The Little Vampire, and Bad Samaritan. Let’s have a look and see what’s worth watching this week.
11th February – Anything
Synopsis: When a depressed insurance salesman moves from Mississippi to Hollywood after the death of his wife, he falls into an unlikely relationship with the flamboyant Freda Von Rhenburg, a transgender sex worker.
Director: Timothy McNeil
Cast: John Carroll Lynch, Matt Bomer, Maura Tierney, Margot Bingham, and Micah Hauptman
12th February – L’Amant Double (Double Lover)
Synopsis: When 25-year-old ex-model Chloe complains of stomach pains, she is advised to visit a shrink. He turns out to be Dr Paul Meyer, who finds himself attracted to her and the couple move in together. When Chloe secretly discovers his twin, she begins an aggressively sexual relationship with him. In French with English subs.
Director: François Ozon
Cast: Marine Vacth, Jeremie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer, and Dominique Reymond
13th February – Fever
Synopsis: While a lethal virus ravages France, geeky British IT guy Jack struggles to survive in his parent’s alpine holiday home. Ill-equipped to survive the biting cold, things get worse when armed Ukrainian loner, Kara, breaks in and commandeers his dwindling food reserves. His dimwitted plan to get rid of her falls apart when outsiders invade, turning his unwelcome guest into his only ally.
Director: Hendrik Faller
Cast: Tom Miller, Anya Korzun, Julien Michel, and Julien Caplan
14th February – Electric Love
Synopsis: Swipe right for this romantic drama following four couples as they traverse the modern dating scene in Los Angeles using popular dating apps. Video director Adam and Emma find each other after a few dates go wrong, but they have to find ways to make their tentative courtship succeed when life, work, jealousies, and longtime friendships get in their way.
Director: Aaron Fradkin
Cast: Mia Serafino, Zachary Mooren, Erik Griffin, Kyle Howard, Hayley Marie Norman, and Matt Bush
15th February – Life of the Party
Synopsis: When her husband of 23 years abruptly dumps her for another woman, stay-at-home mom Deanna decides to go back to college, and lands in the same university class as her less-than-happy teenage daughter, Maddie. Plunging headlong into campus life, the increasingly outspoken Deanna – now Dee Rock – embraces freedom, fun, and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.
Director: Ben Falcone
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Mollie Gordon, Adria Arjona, Julie Bowen, and Stephen Root
Review: Surely the purpose of a film with this concept should be for the mother and daughter to both learn something about each other, and for the mother to regain a bit of her youth and of the person she was before she became a mother. There’s so much that could have been done with this. Yes, it’s likely that the mother has lost her style and that she needs find her confidence, but that doesn’t mean she has to have a perm and wear cat jumpers – the statement pieces of Melissa McCarthy. Instead, the concept is used here for a few cheap laughs and nothing substantial.
You know exactly what you’re going to get with this film due to its cast and director. I do like McCarthy, but only barely when she works with husband Paul Feig, who makes these kinds of comedies work much better than the director of this film, Ben Falcone, who also worked with McCarthy on The Boss and Tammy, none of which I found funny.
16th February – The Little Vampire
Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old vampire Rudolph and his family are threatened with extinction by the bloodsucker hunter Rookery. However, his encounter with human Tony, a 12-year-old boy, leads them to Transylvania in search of a solution.
Directors: Richard Claus and Karsten Kiilerich
Voice Cast: Rasmus Hardiker, Amy Saville, Jim Carter, Joseph Kloska, Phoebe Givron-Taylor, and Tim Pigott-Smith
17th February – Bad Samaritan
Synopsis: Struggling photographer Sean Falco, who funds his lifestyle with a sideline in burglary, thinks he has hit the jackpot when he breaks into the luxurious house of the wealthy Cale Erendreich. However, things go wrong when Sean discovers a woman chained up in the house. Cale manages to explain it away, but is determined to shut Sean down. Permanently.
Director: Dean Devlin
Cast: David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon, Carlito Olivero, and Jacqueline Byers